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A Day in the Osa: Soundscapes From a Costa Rican Rainforest
The 67 minute soundscape CD takes listeners on an audio journey through the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica. It begins in the morning with numerous bird species and howler monkeys, blends to a streamside track with macaws flying overhead, then crickets, toucans at dusk, frogs, night tracks with owls and bats, then finishes in the morning with howlers and the dawn chorus. It also contains thunder, rainfall and distant crashing surf. Plus the graphics are beautiful and a 24-page booklet accompanies the CD.
The beautiful Yellow-billed Cotinga is globally endangered and declining. The biologically rich mangrove-upland forest complexes of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula are the last remaining strongholds for this rare bird. 1/2 the sale of this CD goes to
to create a Yellow-billed Cotinga reserve.
Situated along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Approximately half of all of Costa Rica's animal species can be found here, and the amazing number of birds, mammals, amphibians and insects that populate the Osa is breathtaking. This CD opens a window to that incredible diversity by taking the listener through the audio experience of an entire day on the Osa Peninsula, from the nighttime calls of the Pauraque to the morning symphony of animal sounds known as the "dawn chorus". Recorded over the course of a year at five different locations throughout the peninsula, the goal of this sound collection is to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving the Osa. This CD is part of a larger effort to record biodiversity on the Osa to further conservation, education and scientific research. Proceeds from this project will directly support conservation initiatives on the peninsula. To find out more about the Osa Sounds Project, or to learn other ways to help conserve the Osa, please visit
UN DÍA EN OSA: PAISAJES SONOROS DE UN BOSQUE LLUVIOSO COSTARRICENSE. -- INCLUYE TRADUCCIÓN EN ESPAÑOL -- Para ayudar a conservar Osa, visite www.osasounds.com
Why is the Osa Peninsula so important?
Located in southwestern Costa Rica, the Osa is hailed by many as Costa Rica's "last frontier" as it remains a largely untouched, remote wilderness. The Osa's high level of biological diversity coupled with its unique combination of 13 distinct tropical ecosystems have made it a high global conservation priority. With a total area of only 300,000 acres, the Osa is home to 50% of species found in Costa Rica, including many endemic species. When one considers the small size of the Osa, there are few places left on earth that rival its intense biological diversity. It is here one can find the largest intact mangrove ecosystem in Pacific Mesoamerica, the most significant remaining areas of lowland Pacific tropical rainforest, and one of only four tropical fjords on the planet, the Golfo Dulce. These ecosystems, and numerous others, provide habitat that is essential for the Osa's plentiful wildlife.
The Osa Peninsula is home to:
2-3% of Earth's flora found nowhere else
323 endemic species of plants and vertebrates
Largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America
4,000+ vascular plants
700+ tree species
463 bird species
140 mammals including 25 species of dolphins and whales
4 sea turtle species
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Media: CD + 24 page booklet
Pub/Manuf: OSA Sounds
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